My 1-year-old eats solid food and has been since about 9 months. However he just makes a chewing motion mainly chewing his tongue and then swallows the food whole. I am not eating at the same time as him. I do make the motions and show him with his food though. I do make most food softer than I'd like to. Any suggestions on how to help me would be greatly appreciated!
Eating is a skill like anything else. It takes practice. The vast majority of kids figure it out all on their own, and your son is still too young to be worried about it. Just give him softer food in small portions until he gets the hang of it. When you feed him, try to place the food on his teeth instead of on his tongue. If he's still having trouble in six months or so, consult your pediatrician.